Summary: This presentation will introduce the Academic Achievement Center (AAC) at Akita International University (AIU), a center which employs peer tutoring to support students. The AAC has been successful in helping AIU students, both tutors and tutees, to succeed academically. The purpose of the presentation is to share the practices employed by the center which may be useful to others who have similar centers or who would like to offer such support to their students, as well as teachers who are interested in different pedagogical styles and approaches. The presentation will begin with an overview of the curriculum at AIU, the theoretical background of peer tutoring and how the peer tutoring is conducted in the center. The presenters, who all work in the AAC, will then discuss cultural aspects affecting the center, what they consider to be the benefits of peer tutoring as well as the kinds of students who request support from the AAC and their motivations and expectations.
Bio: Rachael Ruegg is PhD candidate at Macquarie University and a lecturer at Akita International University. She has been teaching English for over 10 years in New Zealand, Germany, China, and Japan. Her research interests include vocabulary, assessment, and writing. Other presenters, Taku Sudo, Hinako Takeuchi and Yuko Sato, are students at Akita International University.